What is the demoscene all about? We’ll look at the Apple II’s place in this unique subculture and have a look at several well-known demos.A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Andy MolloyWebsite: http://landsnail.com Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, demoscene
A presentation at KansasFest 2012.Rob Walch of Today in iOS podcast joins us for a look at tips, tricks, and the latest in Apple’s iOS and related hardware.Website: http://tii.libsyn.com Topics: iOS, iphone, ipad, kansasfest, kfest
NiftyList is one of the most amazing utilities for the Apple IIgs to provide details of what is running in the system. It can be used debug code and provide information what applications are doing at the current moment.A talk presented at KansasFest July 21, 2012Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, NiftyList
Ken Gagne - Wordpress For DummiesA presentation at KansasFest 2012Start your own Apple II Web site, blog, online business, or podcast with WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). Learn how to get started, how to install a theme, what the essential plugins are, and how to start publishing. Relevant webmastering tools, like Google Analytics, Feedburner, and Navicat will be reviewed. This session is aimed at beginners, with no knowledge of CSS, PHP, or MySQL necessary... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Wordpress, blogging, Apple II
A presentation at KansasFest 2012.Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his... Topics: Apple II, AppleWorks, KansasFest, Kfest, Randy Brandt
The Development of the Third Tier of Personal Computingby David GreelishA presentation at KansasFest 2012The presentation starts with a short, but excellent overview on the general history of electronic computing. It establishes the four generations of electronic computers, with the fourth being our current generation of microprocessor based, "personal" computers. I discuss how the desktop computer established and was / is the first "tier" in personal computing. The second... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, personal computers, computer history
byDavid Greelish, Carrington Vanston, Earl Evans, Ken Gagne
A panel at KansasFest 2012 with Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington Vanston and Earl EvansWhat do Retro Computing Roundtable, Open Apple, 1 MHz, Retrobits, Classic Computing Show, DoubleTake, and Challenge Talk all have in common? These podcasts’ hosts and co-hosts will all be in attendance at KansasFest 2012! But the similarity ends there, with each show having a different approach to collaboration and production, content and audience. Listen to hosts Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington... Topics: Apple II, podcasting, podcasts, Kansasfest, kfest, podcasters
KansasFest 2012 - Tony Diaz - The Apple II RoadshowA presentation at KansasFest 2012.If there were to be an Apple II Road Show … this is what it might be like. Learn what makes or breaks an Apple II, how to spot a "fake" and what a true collector would look for. Everyone is encouraged to bring their Apple II treasures for appraisal. Topics: Apple II, Kansasfest, Kfest, Tony Diaz, historical computer values, eBay
For this talk, Jason Scott is covering two "terrific machines": The Apple II itself, and the mechanism of Archive.org and how this non-profit library is working so hard to collect so much history, including vintage computer history. Having been well-seasoned in a year and a half of working at the Archive, Jason will lay out how things work there, how to make the place work for you and efforts to save history, and some success stories of same.The talk was given remotely for KansasFest... Topics: archive.org, Internet Archive, Jason Scott, Apple II, Kansasfest, kfest
Ken Gagne - Kickstarter BrainstormingA presentation at KansasFest 2012Kickstarter is a popular Web site used for "crowdfunding" — the solicitation of small amounts of money from individuals to fund independent projects. It has been used successfully by Jason Scott, David Greelish, and 8 Bit Weapon to support retrocomputing projects. How can we apply this tool to the Apple II community? What ideas might we make real through a successful Kickstarter campaign? Bring your thinking caps,... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Kickstarter, crowdfunding, Apple 2, Apple II
HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees. This video shows the entries and results.For more info: http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/Jeremy RandCurtaSim 1stJeff BlakeneyColourfill game2ndIvan DruckerMagic GOSUB3rdScott MillerA formula fo drawing the word KFest4thMartin HayeApple /// crack screenPeter NeubauerLissajous curve plotteMike MaginnisApple III piano Topics: KansasFest, kfest, hackfest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming contest
Keeping those disks a-spinnin': How to make your 5.25" and 3.5" disk drives work like they never have before, and then some. Tony Diaz demonstrates how to disassemble and reassemble like a pro. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Tony Diaz, floppy, disk, drive, maintenance
In April, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer compatible with the iPhone's App Store. In June, the iPhone and iPod Touch received the iOS 4 firmware upgrade. Rob Walch of the Today in iOS (formerly Today in iPhone) podcast, brings us both these devices with tips, tricks, and critiques of Apple's new mobile hardware and software. The slides Rob used are available for download at kansasfest.org/downloads/ Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Rob Walch, iOS, iPhone, iPad
A tour of a scale model of an Apple II Plus, built in the game Minecraft, by Steve Weyhrich. Find the videos used in this presentation at http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL305A535804065D37 Topics: KansasFest, 2011, KFest, Steve Weyhrich, Minecraft, Notch, Apple II
HackFest is an annual programming competition in which KansasFest attendees are challenged to write the coolest program possible for the Apple II while at KansasFest. Contestants Peter Neubauer, Martin Haye, Scott Miller, and Jeff Blakeney present their entries before Ivan Drucker announces the winners, as determined by Drucker, Ken Gagne, and Sean Fahey. Topics: KansasFest, 2010, KFest, HackFest, competition, programming, contest, development
Audio from a talk given by Ken Gagne, publisher of Juiced.GS magazine, at KansasFest 2012.Juiced.GS is the only and longest-running Apple II publication in print. We haven't gotten this far simply by staying the course. You might not notice that every year, we are trying something new, whether it's innovating our flagship product or developing entirely new products. What will it be this year? Here's a hint: at KansasFest 2012, we won't have just one product to announce…. or two… or three…... Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, Juiced.GS, computer magazine, Ken Gagne
The Apple IIgs Toolbox is big. Really big. It does a lot of stuff. You may know about a lot of it, but there's stuff in there that's not obvious. At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd takes a look together at some of the interesting bits you may not have noticed. Topics: IIGS, KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Eric Shepherd, Sheppy, toolbox, programming
The growth of the personal computer made computer-controlled robots popular and accessible to hobbyists. "Turtles" are a style of small, mobile robot resembling cybernetic animals. Join Peter Neubauer at KansasFest 2011 for a photo tour and comparison of several turtle robots contemporary with the Apple II. Topics: turtles, robots, Peter Neubauer, Apple II, KFest, KansasFest, 2011
Why I Left My First Love – The Sordid Tale of a Fickle Apple II Userby Earl EvansA presentation at KansasFest 2012The first microcomputer I ever encountered was the Apple II, and it was love at first sight. However, throughout the following years, my computing experience brought me in and out of the Apple II world. This presentation explores my personal history with the Apple II – and why I flirted with other 8-bit computers, eventually settling on the competition for my own home computer.... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Commodore 64, computer history, Apple 2
Dive into the heart of the Apple IIgs to see how the tools work. Details will include how to write a tool set and how to patch tools.A talk presented at KansasFest July 18, 2012Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, NiftyList, Apple II, Apple IIGS, toolsets
Q&A with John Romero at KansasFest 2012, following his keynote.John Romero discusses his experience starting out on the Apple II, what he’s learned over the years about famous Apple II coders, and his recollections of coding games on the Apple II in the 80s. Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Apple 2, John Romero, Q&A
Mike Maginnis provides an overview of the Apple III and a look at all those nasty rumors about its allegedly poor design and engineering. Download the slides at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ and read clarifications from the presenter at http://wp.me/pJsxq-43 Topics: KansasFest, 2011, KFest, Mike Maginnis, Apple, Apple III, Apple ///
If you've programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don't need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank entry, provide an ESCape, and much more! Download your copy at ivanx.com/appleii/ Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ivan Drucker, Apple, Apple II, input, BASIC, NuInput, programming,...
The Apple II was a fantastic gaming machine. You may not have daily access to this vintage hardware, but many of its best entertainment titles have been remade for the Macintosh. Ken Gagne revisits classics like Arkanoid, Ultima, and Dark Castle in this session that showcases the best of new and old. Find links to the games and YouTube videos shown here at http://wp.me/pBeOH-1x Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ken Gagne, Arkanoid, Dark Castle, Ultima, games, gaming
In April, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer compatible with the iPhone's App Store. In June, the iPhone and iPod Touch received the iOS 4 firmware upgrade. Rob Walch of the Today in iOS (formerly Today in iPhone) podcast, brings us both these devices with tips, tricks, and critiques of Apple's new mobile hardware and software. The slides Rob used are available for download at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ Topics: KansasFest, 2010, KFest, Rob Walch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Apple, tablet, mobile
Open Apple, the Apple II community's only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process? Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Ken Gagne, Mike Maginnis, audio, Apple II, Open Apple, podcast, Apple
Solar Powered Apple IIA presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Peter NeubauerWhat does it take to run an Apple II off solar power? I'll discuss the power requirements for an a Apple II, the basics of solar power, and the details of my solar setup.Website: http://bluerwhite.org Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Kansasfest, kfest, Solar power, solar powered computers, Apple Iic
Thanks to the Internet and social media, cultural artifacts can be disseminated in a distributed fashion faster than ever before. When something attains phenomenon status via viral means, it becomes a meme. But, just like a real virus, memes can quickly die off. What's everyone talking about today that will be gone tomorrow? Ken Gagne demonstrates what a double rainbow means and who your man could smell like. Find these YouTube videos at http://www.showbits.net/2010/08/18/know-your-meme/ Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ken Gagne, meme, double rainbow, Old Spice, trend, videos, commercials,...
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, Beagle Bros alumnus and AppleWorks developer Randy Brandt, attending KansasFest for the first time in nearly two decades, was honored with an Apple II Forever award. The first-ever recipient of the award, former Beagle Bros president Mark Simonsen, delivered this remote message to the honoree. Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, KFest, Mark Simonsen, Randy Brandt, AppleWorks, ProntoDOS, Beagle Bros
The Free Tools Association (FTA) released ActiveGS, a free IIgs emulator for IOS devices now available in the iTunes App Store. The year when the Apple IIgs has gone mobile is 2011, and KansasFest 2011 is a chance to see it in action, courtesy Geoff Weiss and Tony Diaz. Topics: Geoff Weiss, Tony Diaz, KFest, KansasFest, 2011, Apple IIGS, ActiveGS, emulator, emulation, iOS,...
Live recording of the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast at KansasFest 2012.Site: http://rcrpodcast.com Topics: Kansasfest, kfest, Retro Computing Roundtable, podcast, retrocomputing, vintage computers, Apple II
Dr. Steve Weyhrich presents some selected topics from the Apple II History that he’s recently researched, Apple II magazines and more.A talk at KansasFest 2012. Topics: Apple 2, Apple II, Apple II magazines, computer magazines, kansasfest, kfest, computer history,...
Escape from the Homebrew Computer Club is a modern(ish) raycasted 2 1/2 D game for the Apple II. Creator David Schmenk describes how he came up with the concept, the technology designed in it, and how to play it. Download the game from http://schmenk.is-a-geek.com/Apple.html Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, David Schmenk, HBCC, Apple II, Homebrew Computer Club, game, Escape
Wouldn't it be great if you could put whatever machine language you wanted into a standard Applesoft program with practically no performance, dependency, or stability issues? With Ivan Drucker's Slammer, you can! Slammer is a new method for installing and executing machine language routines, at machine language speed, using 100% legal Applesoft. This presentation introduces Slammer, explains how to use it, and describes the unusual and extreme machine language programming behind its... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ivan Drucker, Appke, Apple II, assembly, programming, development, machine...
At KansasFest 2011, Eric Shepherd of SheppyWare debuts and demonstrates v2.3 of Sweet16, the premiere Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X. Download Sweet16 from sheppyware.net/software-mac/sweet16/ Topics: Sweet16, Apple IIGS, IIGS, Sheppy, Eric Shepherd, SheppyWare, emulation, emulator, KansasFest,...
The Apple IIgs has a split personality. Most of the machine runs at a ~1MHz clock rate, keeping compatibility with earlier Apple IIs. Some components, however, can be decoupled and run at a faster rate. The FPI, or Fast Processor Interface, is the chip responsible for coordinating the interactions between these personalities. In this KansasFest 2011 session, Daniel "Krue" Kruszyna includes a high level overview of the FPI's responsibilities, along with a detailed look at some... Topics: KFest, KansasFest, 2011, FPI, Daniel Kruszyna, Fast Processor Interface, CPU, IIGS, timing,...
From a collectors point of view, Tony Diaz covers the aspects of restoring the "new" look to various Apple II related products, and the pros and cons of various methods avail able and show some samples of work done and in addition cover what makes a system "complete" with regards to collect-ability, and what makes it "original" or "Like original". Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Tony Diaz, retroblasting, retrobrite, restoration, beige, age, hardware,...
Recent experiments with fractal algorithms in pure Applesoft BASIC have revealed methods for optimizing code to achieve acceptable speeds on a 4Mhz IIc Plus. In this session, Wayne Arthurton demonstrates the effects of using and optimizing user-defined functions, vari able reuse, variable allocation order, and other techniques for improving BASIC calculation performance. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Wayne Arthurton, Apple, Apple II, Applesoft, BASIC, programming,...
The incredibly open nature of the Apple II for development, down to the inclusion of schematics in every box, encouraged a generation of users who were also programmers. By contrast, today we have the walled garden of iPhone OS, where Apple judges all. Between these polar positions is the Macintosh. How have Apple - and Apple users - evolved over the years? Has using computers become more or less creative? What tradeoffs have we made between accessibility and empowerment? How do the Apple II... Topics: KansasFest, 2010, KFest, iPod, iPhone, Apple, iOS, iPad, tablet, SDK, API, programming,...
Serve files to your Apple II the cheap and easy Way! If you have an enhanced Apple IIe or an Apple IIgs, then you have a computer that can access files shared from a current-day Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, and even boot ProDOS or GS/OS from the network instead of a disk. Ivan Drucker's session shows you the plan to get your II on the LAN. Download A2SERVER from http://appleii.ivanx.com/a2server/ Topics: LAN, networking, Mac, Windows, Linux, A2Server, Ivan Drucker, KansasFest, KFest, 2011, network,...
GNO/ME is an open source UNIX-like extension for the Apple IIgs. Version 2.0.6 was released in 1999 (presented at KFest for the very first time in 2020) and has been often described as a central component to what would be included if GS/OS would have advanced. Topics covered by Geoff Weiss include how it compares with modern UNIX operating systems and what it will take to port code. Video courtesy Ed Eastman. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Geoff Weiss, GNO/ME, GNO, Apple II, Unix
Creator of the popular 'FishNDA', Ryan Suenaga proves that he doesn't suck by delivering this precorded video to KansasFest 2010, in which he announces the development of a send-only email NDA for the Apple IIGS, codenamed Melissa and officially named Emily II. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ryan Suenaga, Apple, Apple IIGS, email, Melissa, Emily, NDA, SMTP, client
KansasFest is the largest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world. Held each year, the event draws attendees from all over the world. For more info, see kansasfest.org. In 2009, Jason Scott was the keynote speaker. Jason is the host of the Textfiles.com web site, and creator of the "Get Lamp" video that chronicles text adventures, and "BBS: The Documentary" about computer bulletin board systems. He gave a fascinating talk about his projects, and his experience... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2009, Jason Scott, Apple, Apple II, BBS, text adventures
"Bite the Bag" is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. Long absent from our convention, Geoff Weiss gave this game its Rockhurst debut when he put it on the KansasFest 2010 schedule. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance. Topics: KansasFest, 2010, KFest, party, bag, Bite the Bag, grocery, competition, contest
Bite the Bag is a party game that is also a KansasFest tradition. For the second year in a row, Geoff Weiss hosted this event at Rockhurst University for KFest 2011 attendees. Many dared and many fell in this battle of balance. Topics: party, bag, Bite the Bag, grocery, competition, contest, Apple II, KansasFest, KFest, 2011
"Once upon a time, only advanced programmers could achieve machine language speed." Learn how to use Macrosoft, a programming language from the same folks who brought us Nibble Magazine, to write Applesoft-like programs that achieve machine language speed, in this introduction to obtaining, using, and setting up Macrosoft and the companion Assembler. We'll write a small Macrosoft program during the presentation to help you get started writing your own programs. See... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Peter Neubauer, Apple, Apple II, assembler, assembly, Nibble, Macrosoft
Mark Simonsen, former president of Beagle Bros Software, presented the keynote speech at KansasFest, held July 20-25, 2010, at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. This 21st annual Apple II convention was attended by retrocomputing enthusiasts from across North America, celebrating their favorite creation of Steve Wozniak. Topics: Apple II, Beagle Bros, keynote, Kansas City, speech, presentation, KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Mark...
Ever want to use your Apple II as a terminal for your Macintosh? Stavros Karatsoridis demonstrates what cables, adapters, and software are needed to connect your Apple II to the Terminal application in Mac OS X. Includes an ADTPro tutorial. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Stavros Karatsoridis, Apple II, ADTPro, serial, terminal, Mac, OS X
Over the past few years, there have been developments which allow greater support of disk images on the IIgs. Geoff Weiss demonstrates the latest technology with such products as MountIt by Brutal Deluxe and the SmartportVHD by Cedric Peltier. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Geoff Weiss, MountIt, SPVHD, SmartPort, disk images, emulation, emulators,...